From the moment a child is born they start to learn and parents play a central role in their education. This role continues when the child starts school and at Bridgewater Primary School we aim to form close relationships with children and their parents so that their education continues as smoothly as possible.
We actively encourage and welcome all parents and carers to become involved in the life of our school. There are many ways that parents, carers, grandparents and friends of Bridgewater can become involved in the life of our school and these are listed in our volunteer section of our website.
In response to the evidence and requests from schools, Herts for Learning (HfL) has developed a parental education programme, Parent2Parent®, aimed at helping parents to improve the learning experience at home by embedding key teaching and learning behaviours. The programme provides an entirely new support service to schools enabling parents and carers to gain confidence and new skills that will actively support learning at home. It is focussed on generic learning themes and is not specific to the curriculum or specific subjects. The benefits of the programme include an improvement of education outcomes and increasing parental involvement to enable relationships with school to become stronger.
There will be a Parent2Parent® stall at our parents' evening on Thursday 25th October, for any parents who would like to find out more about the scheme.
Parent2Parent® adopts a modular approach with each module focused on a different learning technique. The programme is universal and is relevant to parents/carers of children of all ages and all abilities. The programme will initially be delivered to parents by a HFL Parent2Parent® trainee and then parents/carers that have attended the programme have the opportunity to be trained as leads for future sessions.
The content of the programme includes;
Collaborative – it helps parents/carers understand the foundations of child and teenage development and the approaches used by schools.
Practical – it draws on real life experiences, providing opportunities for parents/carers to explore activities that can be used at home.
Theory‑based – modules are built on relevant educational theory and research, illustrated through discussions and a range of activities.
Topical – its content addresses current hot topics such as resilience, independent learning and aspiration building.
Thought‑provoking – the model encourages parents/ carers to reflect on their own beliefs and learn ways of enhancing education outcomes.
A parenting course – and is not designed to challenge or promote any parenting styles.
Exclusive – it has not been developed exclusively for parents/carers of children or teenagers with difficulties. It is a universal programme, which has an impact on children and teenagers from all backgrounds and all walks of life.
Curriculum and homework – it is not focused on the curriculum and homework, but on generic learning themes such as how our minds work, how confidence affects our learning, and how to model and build positive relationships.
Divisive – the programme is intended to promote greater understanding and collaboration between home and school.
Academic – parents/carers do not require any academic qualifications to participate, they just need to be interested and motivated to support their children and teenager to become the best learner they can be.